Information for Faculty Considering Retirement

Appointment as Professor Emeritus/Emerita

Tenured faculty and other faculty holding the rank of Professor are recommended to the Corporation for appointment as Professor Emeritus or Professor Emerita following retirement. They remain members of the faculty of Brown University with all the privileges of that rank except:

  • they are no longer tenured, if they previously were
  • they do not receive pay from the University unless they also hold an adjunct, research, or visiting appointment
  • they are not voting members of the faculty.*

Please see Chapter 14 of the Handbook of Academic Administration here for details, including guidelines for participation in departmental affairs following retirement.

The appointment as Professor Emeritus/a is considered an “active” appointment and as such the retired faculty member:

  • holds a Brown ID card 
  • has a Brown e-mail account 
  • retains Library privileges, including building access, borrowing, and access to electronic resources from any location 
  • may contact the CIS Help Desk for assistance with computing needs, 
  • may download software subject to the terms of Brown licensing agreements

Moving expenses

Expenses that faculty incur in vacating their offices may be reimbursed for up to a total of $1000. The University has a contract with Conlon Moving & Storage; Brown employees may be eligible for discounted rates. Information is available from Margot Saurette (margot_saurette @brown.edu; 863- 2216).

Support for research

Emeritus faculty who have exhausted all other sources of funding are encouraged to apply to the Emeriti Faculty Research Fund. The amounts awarded are up to $1,000 annually for a maximum of three years.

Note that faculty who retire under the Last Optional Retirement Incentive Plan are eligible to apply for up to $2000 in research support for the three years following retirement.

Elder Bears

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Medical Insurance

Eligible retirees may elect to join group health and/or dental insurance plans sponsored by the University.

Faculty Club

Appointment as Professor Emeritus/Emerita entitles the retired faculty member to free membership to the Faculty Club. The Club also has a small lounge available for their use

Athletics/Recreational Facilities

Retired faculty are able to use Brown’s recreational facilities at no charge.


Retired faculty who are assigned a parking space in a University lot may keep it on a space-available basis. Please note that if there is no paycheck issued by Brown, payment arrangements must be made directly with the Parking Office. Free parking is available for retired faculty in Lots 9 (Meeting Street) and 42 (Brook Street).  To apply click here.

*With the exception that emeritus professors who also hold a Faculty or University Committee assignment to which they have been elected by the Faculty and/or a teaching assignment shall have voting rights.